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My first Project Aware dive

Project Aware

There is something about diving that we love, once you dive beneath the water, enjoying the amazing environment and everything it has to offer to us. From the small organisms, all the way up to the largest of creatures that roam this world. However, we have a problem and we have created it. The sea is littered with rubbish, even in Abades Bay, Tenerife, we have a lot of rubbish in the sea.
We need to keep it clean!

During every dive that we do here we make sure we pick up as much rubbish as we can and bring it out of the ocean. Education is also highly important; the more people understand this problem the better, and then we can get more people to help take care of their surroundings.

That is why during my PADI Divemaster internship in Tenerife I did a Project Aware specialty. I had to plan and lead a dive in the House Reef along with 2 other people who wanted to join, Abi and Craig. This dive lasted 56 minutes and we managed to fill a big bag full of rubbish. Some of the many things we found during our dive included plastics, papers, sharp metal and also a shoe!
It really is unbelievable how much rubbish you can find when you look for it.
Dragging this big bag of rubbish out of the sea felt good though.
It was a really nice dive, knowing we are doing something really positive for the local reef and at the same time enjoying it too.

Bringing rubbish out of the sea we do on every dive but this was on a much larger scale as we came fully prepared for it.
We really enjoyed doing this for our local reef and would recommend anyone else who is diving here or anywhere else in this beautiful planet to do the same too.

Let’s help make this ocean a little cleaner, one step at a time.

Linda Orru
PADI Divemaster – Turin, Italy